Quakers in this period would have been as rabble-rousers, and a man like John Bartram could have only been the product of a “new America.” In the 1600s, the Bartrams were poor sheep farmers in Darby, England. They were influenced by the preaching of George Fox, a leader of the 17th century awakening that became the Quaker movement. Fox would preach all through England and other European countries the values of Quaker theology. Over 1000 people would often gather to hear him speak. Such large gatherings were prohibited by English law, and attendees were often arrested.
Join us as we examine the Bartrams’ involvement in the movement and radical thought of the Quakers in its challenge not just of the Church of England but of the social hierarchies of their time.
About this tour series: SEEDS OF DISSENT
Bartram’s Garden has long been a place for the exchange of ideas. This season, we offer a series of eight conversations held on the second Saturday of each month at 11 am from April through November. Free!
We’re highlighting the way in which the Bartram family (and the Garden itself) has been radical through the times. What did resistance look like to the members of the Bartram family? What forms did it take? What does it take to achieve resistance?
In answering these questions, we will come to find that radical thought has long been a staple of this garden and, in fact, been the driving force of its long tenure. Come join us in talking about the history of this garden and the people who inhabited it so that we may, together, find the inspiration to follow their lead.